MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - If you are looking for food, work, or other assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, resources are available.
ALABAMA CORONAVIRUS DATA
HOW TO GET TESTED/HEALTH INFO
There’s a testing hotline to provide info about available testing sites and hours of operation. Call 888-264-2256, give your zip code, and the nearest location to you will be provided.
A separate hotline for questions about COVID-19 is at 800-270-7268 or a general info email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 Tracker tool allows viewers to scroll through interactive maps and videos. Numbers are updated and new content is added daily.
A partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics has made testing sites available to anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms as well as health care workers and first responders. All appointments will be drive-thru and in the Walmart parking lots and will be guided by Walmart pharmacist volunteers and Quest employees.
Montgomery has a text alert system to provide the latest information on the coronavirus. To register, text MGMSAFE to 888-777 or visit mgmready.com. This is for anyone living in Montgomery, Montgomery County, or Pike Road.
STATE OF ALABAMA
The State of Alabama has launched the website altogetheralabama.org - an online resource that is a hub of information for the state’s response to coronavirus.
A separate website provides real-time answers to questions about everything from COVID-19, a symptom checker developed by UAB, and information on testing site locations.
- Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Act which gives people a bump in the amount of SNAP benefits they can receive. To apply for SNAP benefits you can go online to myalabama.gov.
- The Montgomery Area Food Bank has a way for residents to easily find food pantries and help.
- The City of Montgomery has a food access hub offering an interactive map that lists providers offering free meals to students and others in need.
- Little Free pantry in Opelika is also providing non-perishable food items and hygiene products during the outbreak. The pantry is open 24/7 and everything is free.
ELECTRIC BILL ASSISTANCE
- Alabama Power has not disconnected any customer for non-payment or charged late fees to any customer affected by COVID-19. The company says it will not be disconnecting service for non-payment until the crisis abates. Call 1-800-245-2244 for more inf or visit here.
- Central Alabama Electric Cooperative says customers having difficulty budgeting for their electric bill can contact Customer Service at 1-800-545-5735.
- Dixie Electric Cooperative customers with questions about their bill can contact their office at 1-888-349-4322 to speak with a service representative.
If you are unable to work due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to seek unemployment benefits.
Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Small businesses across Alabama negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for assistance under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. [See if your business qualifies for EIDL assistance]
SBA’s second Paycheck Protection Program opened April 27. For employers unfamiliar with which banks or credit unions are offering the program, the SBA provides a link to search for eligible PPP lenders by Zipcode.
The U.S. Treasury has also posted an FAQ list with answers to three dozen of the most-asked questions about the PPP loan program.
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth has unveiled a new online resource designed to provide small business owners with a one-stop information hub during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. You can view the website at this link.
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
WSFA 12 News has a tool to help you find businesses that are open during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit www.wsfa.com/shoplocal to browse businesses and add yours to the list.
HELP FOR NONPROFITS
The Central Alabama Community Foundation and River Region United Way are partnering to help non-profits provide needs to the community. Applications for the relief fund here. Grants are limited to $2,500 per organization.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
First Choice Women’s Medical Center is providing diapers and wipes. Right now, FCWMC is offering one “freebie” set of diapers and wipes, and after that, people just need to participate in an online course to continue earning more. Call 334-260-8010.
Homework Alabama is offering extended hours for those seeking tutoring assistance at http://homeworkalabama.org.